Preparations Underway For Return Of Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival

The newly-formed Birr Festivals Collective is organising a town hall meeting later this month.

After two long years, 2022 will mark a new era for Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival.

The much-loved festival, now in its 54th year, will return to its full glory from 29th July - 7th August with the return of the old favourites including the Vintage Sunday parade.

With major plans for a revamped and refreshed festival now falling into place, the Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival team is calling on the wider community of Birr and the surrounding area to get involved to help bring Vintage Week to life like never before.

A town hall meeting is taking place on Thursday 19th May at Dooly’s Hotel (7.30pm) to share news of the events and ideas so far as well as to pave the way for people to get involved; as participants in the parade, on-the-ground volunteers or behind-the-scenes organisers.

The meeting will also be a formal chance for community groups and individuals to hear more about the role of the Birr Festivals Collective in supporting the development and expansion of Vintage Week this year. 

The Collective, with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland, has been able to fund the professional services of a Festivals Projects Coordinator and PR & Marketing Coordinator since late last year. This major development means a new way of structuring how the festival is managed and delivered, providing crucial support and most importantly, lessening the workload of the Vintage Week Committee and volunteers. 

Colm Croffy is the Festivals Project Coordinator for the Collective;

“There is enormous excitement and expectation around the return of Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival this year and rightly so, the festival is the crown jewel of the Birr Festival Season.

“A small team of volunteers has been working enormously hard over the winter and spring to lay the foundations for the full return of the town’s biggest festival. But now, the time has come for the community to answer the call to get involved, particularly in the Vintage Sunday parade. This year’s organisers wish to see not only the usual colour and traditional elements of the parade on display, but also hope as many entries to the parade will be received from new firms and organisations from all parts of our diverse community.

“We are asking all those groups who have been involved in the past, those who have never been involved at all as well as anyone who cares deeply about Birr continuing to have a flagship and cultural week and may be able to volunteer some time to come along.”

To attend, you must register via email to by Monday 16th May, 5pm.  

For those groups or people who can’t make the meeting but wish to be involved, you can also get in touch with the Committee via email.

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